The new and improved AEA Media Catalog is ready and waiting for you! The online reservation system allows you to check out instructional resources located at Prairie Lakes AEA in Pocahontas, as well as from the Sioux City and Sioux Center locations of Northwest AEA, in a single search.

The new patron catalog is called SNAP, and it has an updated, modern look. Similar to other Iowa AEA Online databases used by teachers, SNAP allows users to easily filter or narrow searches to find specific instructional resources. Ordering materials is as easy as filling your cart with the resources you want and submitting your request. Northwest AEA anticipates ordering more digital content in the future, and SNAP has an embedded video player that will allow teachers to view and download digital videos purchased by Northwest AEA or Prairie Lakes AEA.

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Ann Derochie, circulation coordinator in the Sioux City office, at 712/222-6065, or Kim Noteboom, circulation coordinator in the Sioux Center office, at 712/722-4378 ext. 7817.

To search the Media Catalog, please click here or go to the Northwest AEA website and click "Media Catalog" on the right:

Contact your teacher librarian if you do not know your password or contact Northwest AEA at the numbers listed above.

Here is a small sample of the tens of thousands of titles available:

Seasons: Summer (702227)
508.2/CLA; CLAYBOURNE, ANNA; K-12 books, P, 32 pg, GUMDROP BOOKS, 2001
This book explains how summer happens, why summer days are warm and sunny, how plants soak up light from the sun, and why summer is a busy time on farms.

It's Summer (433396)
508.2/RAM; Ramsay, Helena; K-12 books, P, 32 pg, 1995; 0-8114-3705-1
This book tells of things you do and see in the summer.

Poems For Summer (022706)
808.81/POE; K-12 books, PI, 48 pg, GUMDROP BOOKS, 1994
An anthology of poems reflecting summer by such authors as Ted Hughes, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, e.e. cummings, and Li Po.

Summer Olympics (442852)
Boxed Books 2006+, P, Children's Press

Holidays of Summer
video, 00:14:43, Lucerne Media, 1998
Learn about the cultural and religious holidays that occur in Summer. Listen to the stories of what these holidays meant to those who celebrate them. Also, explore many places that people visit during the summer.
Keywords: four seasons, Fourth of July, Labor Day, July 4th, American holidays

Animals In Summer (014226)
591.5/McC; MCCAULEY, J; K-12 books, PI, 34 pg, 1989

Brickyard Summer (019719)
811.54/JAN; JANECZKO, PAUL; K-12 books, IJS, 53 pg, ORCHARD BOOKS, 1989

Cherokee Summer (020139)
970.004/HOY; HOYT-GOLDSMITH, D; K-12 books, I, 33 pg, ECONOC, 1993

Summer Legend (078630)
Videocassette, PI, 8 min, Lucerne Media, 1987
The animated retelling of the Micmac Indian legend examining the cycle of the seasons.

Summer Snowman (013670)
F/ZIO0; ZION, GENE; K-12 books, P, HARPERCOLLINS, 1955

Summer Equipment (435932)
DVD, S, 50 min, Sound-Color, Cine Fete, 2001
Of all the aspects of sports, it is the area of summer equipment where technology is not just producing better performances but changing the sport itself. Explores the science of producing faster bicycles, lighter leaner kayaks and stronger rackets.

Summer of the War (432792)
F/WHE2; Whelan, Gloria; K-12 books, IJ, 163 pg, 2006; 978-0-06-00807
Fourteen-year-old Belle resents the presence of her sophisticated cousin on a family vacation in the summer of 1942, but their strained relationship is overshadowed by the war in Europe.

Summer With Elisa (703218)
F/HUR8; HURWITZ, JOHANNA; K-12 books, P, 89 pg, 2000
During the summer between first and second grades, Elisa struggles to write to her brother Russell at camp and then enjoys a family vacation in the country.

Summer on the Farm (075819)
Videocassette, P, 30 min, Chris Fesko Enterprises, 1995
Details the growing season on the farm, from plowing and planting to harvest and storage of various crops.

Alaskan Summer (079204)
Videocassette, IJSA, 15 min, Stanton Films & Videos, 1979
Depicts the beauty and diversity of Alaska as seen through the eyes of a Canadian woman who has flown the length and breadth of Alaska. Explores Alaskan geography, wildlife and wilderness values.

Farms in the Summer (078033)
Videocassette, PI, 10 min, AGC United Learning, 1976
Follows a wheat crop from the growing to harvesting, separating, transporting; and, finally as it is ground into flour and made into bread. Visits farms in Alaska, Hawaii, the Mainland and Canada.